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Thread: Movie Review: Agent Vinod
03-24-2012, 02:57 AM #1
Movie Review: Agent VinodStory:
A series of events that happen across the world have Agent Vinod (Saif Ali Khan), a RAW agent, drawing a connection between them, that is primarily the story of this hugely anticipated flick. While he's after the killer of his friend/colleague Rajan (Ravi Kisen), Agent Vinod discovers the shocking plan of a terrorist group to kill millions with a nuclear suitcase bomb, which is kept under wraps. In the midst of his mission, he happens to meet undercover Pakistani ISI Agent Ruby (Kareena Kapoor), who is also, a doctor by profession. Agent Vinod and Ruby have a common goal, but whether they will be able to crack the mystery and come to the rescue of people forms the rest of the story.
Agent Vinod sets out to revolutionise filmmaking in India. It draws inspiration from Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, the Mission Impossible series, Raj Comic’s Nagraj and Lee Falk & Sy Barry's Phantom stories. The first 40 minutes of the film are intriguing and simultaneously confusing. It is bifurcated into sub-plots, which add adventure to the story. But, the flip side is that some sequences look completely illogical. Like, why would Agent Vinod trust Ruby after being ditched almost twice, is quite amusing! Also, a scene where Ruby recklessly enters the danger zone alone, when she is aware that the enemy is inside and ultimately gets shot in the process, is another one where logic goes for a toss. Like James Bond, Agent Vinod gets away easily, each time he confronts his enemies or vice-versa.
Saif Ali Khan is suave, charming and witty, and slips into the jackets and shoes of a spy quite flawlessly. Ditto for Kareena, who gets into the skin of her character nicely. However, as a couple, they barely get time to flaunt their fabulous chemistry. Adil Hussain as the villain impresses to the hilt. The rest of the cast- including Ram Kapoor, Prem Chopra, Ravi Kissen, Shahbaaz Khan, Maryam Zakaria and Gulshan Grover play small but pivotal roles. Malika Haydon looks promising as the item girl. The man behind the successful CID series, BP Singh is an apt choice to play Agent Vinod's boss and adds immense credibility to the plot.
Sriram Raghavan repeats the Johnny Gaddar magic and has the audience on the edge of their seats. But, he loses the plot somewhere, as there’s too much of a tangle from the past that confuses the viewer. Post interval, the plot settles down and Agent Vinod finds himself in a more comfortable zone.
Music/ Dialogues/ Cinematography/Editing:
The music rings a bell with Pyaar Ki Pungi completely standing out. The remixed mujra song, however, falls flat. The background score surprises as it switches lanes from contemporary to retro. The cinematography, which borrows a frame or two from Hollywood, is definitely impressive and reminds the viewer of movies like Crank 1 and 2. Also Bruce Willis’ Red, particularly that scene in which Agent Vinod holds onto a moving car while shooting his enemies. Sriram’s dialogues are witty and breathe life into the film. The editing is slick and perfect to make the film seem crisp, short and sweet.
3ups and downs:
Brilliant performances, dialogues, cinematography and innovative screenplay are the strengths. A slightly confusing direction, misleading music at some points with no relevance to the theme are the weak points.
On the whole, Agent Vinod is not a flawless venture, but if you are hungry for experimental cinema, this one's to die for.
...being a human...
03-24-2012, 03:03 AM #2
Agent Vinod' is a boring, disappointing filmCast: Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Ram Kapoor, Adil Hussain, Shahbaaz Khan, Prem Chopra, Gulshan Grover, Dhritiman Chatterjee
Director: Sriram Raghavan
The most gobsmacking brilliant portion of Agent Vinod is a roughly 3-minute shootout scene set in a seedy East European motel. Even as bullets fly in the lobby between RAW-agent Vinod (Saif Ali Khan) and deadly assassins hot on his trail, a love ballad drowns out the gunshots. The action is captured almost poetically, as Vinod and his accomplice run in and out of corridors and motel rooms, dodging the firing. Now imagine all this in a single tracking shot!
The rest of Agent Vinod, unfortunately, is missing the deft hand that writer-director Sriram Raghavan brings to this spectacular sequence. And it's not for want of imagination or ambition.
Our super-spy hero is in pursuit of an ISI Colonel (Adil Hussain) who's threatening to set off a nuclear bomb in New Delhi. The film kicks off with a series of convoluted events that you later realize are connected by the two sides trying to lay their hands on the nuclear bomb detonator – here in the form of a precious edition of Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat, that is sold at a private auction in Morocco.
In the midst of it all, Agent Vinod meets undercover Pakistani spy Iram (Kareena Kapoor), who realizes she's a pawn in a terror plot, and quickly joins him in his efforts to seize the detonator. As the story hops across the globe – Afghanistan, Moscow, Morocco, Latvia, Somalia, Karachi, India, and London – Vinod discovers more clues that point to a deeper international conspiracy.
Frankly you must appreciate the clarity and smoothness with which our hero goes about this mission, given that as an audience you often find yourself playing a complicated game of cat-and-mouse with director Sriram Raghavan. The film's plot is suffused with undercover agents and double agents, as well as characters that are introduced and bumped off before you can blink. It's as if the phrase “deliberately obtuse” was invented to describe this film, especially as you try to navigate through the fog of the first half.
It's moments like these – sadly too few and far between – that bring a smile to your face during the two hours and forty-odd minutes of this disappointing film. Director Sriram Raghavan ,who gave us such taut thrillers as Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gadaar previously, injects Agent Vinod with so many varied influences that it never finds its own distinct identity.
I'm going with two out of five for Agent Vinod. He's a spy who knows how to save the day; he just needs a better plan.
Rating: 2 / 5...being a human...
03-24-2012, 08:42 PM #3
04-25-2012, 02:43 PM #4